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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 421
Hads: 984
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 416
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

This world famous bock from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain is not meant to be rushed, but savoured slowly. As solid as a rock, Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel presides over the evening meal with a colour reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonises with its firm, fine pored head.

Also the aroma delights the connoisseur: soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel. This Doppelbock Dunkel from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain presents a pleasant effervescence. And then there’s the unmistakable flavour: mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognisable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.

Concluding with a powerful punch, this Doppelbock departs with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate. A strong Doppelbock that embodies the centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition, sip by delicious sip.
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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 1/28/16 with a good friend. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) for around $4.99 from Hy-Vee. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "HB-MUNICH" .5L handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a deep mahogany in color with a good 1-finger foamy/creamy beige head. Lots of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of sweet malts with spices for the most part. Taste follows the nose with some dark fruits (plums?) with a hint of caramel as well. Very tasty and goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Smooth and creamy. Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, a great German brew!

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Photo of Dravin
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Willybecher glass. Bottled on code of L 2365 (my understanding is 236th day of 2015).

Look -- Pours a nice amber brown with a finger and a half or tan head that settles down to a ring around the inside of the glass and a thing layer across the top of the beer that sticks around for the long haul. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell -- Nutty, caramel, hints of molasses, prunes/raisins, and an extremely faint sweet chocolate.

Taste -- Much like the nose except the chocolate comes through a touch more. It has a nice sweetness that avoids being cloying. A finishing bitterness helps prepare you for the next sip. Extremely well balanced.

Feel -- Nice and smooth with a body that has just the right heft for a doppelbock. It's luxurious without coating the mouth and tongue.

Overall -- It is a fantastic doppelbock that showcases the wonders that malt can pull off when you make it the focus but it's extremely well balanced by the right amount of hop bitterness to pull it together and keep it from being a cloying.

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Photo of Curiosibeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one ias a favourite of mine! And was a very popular one in my facebook's Curiosibeer. Colour is dark, red; medium white head; bittersweet smell; flavour is strong, malty and and bittersweet.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, no dating that I can find but L 1595 is stamped on the back label. This was a recent arrival at my local beer store so I'm assuming it's somewhat fresh. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, dried dark fruit, and some light grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some breadiness and chocolate noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I thought this was really good, I'll have to pick up some more soon if there's any left at the store! $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of braker649er
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Complex, malty flavor. I tend to prefer less malty beers, but this one's flavor is undeniably rich. Might be my new favorite malt-forward beer.

L-beautiful, copper to ruby with brownish off-white head
S-solid, just didn't knock me out.
T-nice balance of malty sweetness that also had grainy depth and some fruit and dark chocolate at the edges.
F-smooth
O-I can see why this is world famous for the style

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Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut with an almost one finger beige head, which has nice retention and lacing. Great aroma with dark fruit, caramel, pears, toasted malt, and brown sugar.

Tastes very much like it smells with dark fruit, toasted malt, caramel, pears, brown sugar, and some hops for a little bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, with a dark fruit aftertaste. Glad I was able to find this at Total Wines. I have not been to locate this beer in Minnesota before.

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Photo of s4s
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a few 1/2 L at their wonderful, small, freindly restaurant in Munich. Doppelbock & strong Belgian darks are my thing, and this is one of the best. I hope I can find it closer to home. This puts my "daily beer", optimator, to shame. Should you visit Munich, be sure to skip Hofbrauhaus and come to Andechser am dom instead.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a seidel.

A- Body is brown with blonde hues. Despite the dark color, some clarity is still evident. The head is thick and sudsy and persists for ages. 5

S- Sweet, grassy, caramel. Toast. Light apple. 4.25

T- Toast, grassy hops and caramel, very close to the nose. Alcohol flavor is ever so faintly perceivable as is a slight milk chocolate taste. Vanilla subtly creeps beneath all of the delicious flavors. 4.25

M- Lighter than medium-bodied but with a good dose of creamy, sticky mouthfeel to offset it and play well in the sandbox with the dry alcohol bite and gentle solvent feel. Sweetness is at the forefront for most of the journey until the finish where the alcohol pushes it to the side. The carbonation is on point, injecting a restrained bubbliness that doesn't discard the creaminess. 4.5

Andechs, a place I visited in Germany long before I became obsessive and more knowledgeable about beer, will always hold a place in my heart. But despite my personal bias to this brewery, this beer is truly great and transcends homerism, nostalgia or anything else of that sort.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap at Otto's in Willow Grove, PA. The appearance is a deep reddish brown with a big tan head. the aroma is full of malt and caramel with some coffee in the back. The flavor is incredible and your mouth fills with malty greatness. A world class beer.

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Photo of mlockman
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While the aroma and initial taste are sweet, that of malt and carmelized brown sugar, the finish is quite dry; like a much drier version of Smuttynose's doppelbock.

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Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chestnut brown with a small head that quickly settled to a thin film of suds. Very little lacing is left down the glass. Familiar German lager aroma greets me like an old friend. Hints of dark bread, raisins, and dark fruit. The flavor starts off sweet but by the finish it is relatively neutral. Notes of fresh baked bread, caramel, toffee, and some fruit notes of figs and raisins. Bigger body than an ordinary bock, maybe not as robust as more modern attempts at the style, but it is enough for the drinker to know this is a heavy beer. Nice carbonation.

Waited a long time to finally drink this beer. Did not quite live up to expectations, but this is still an extraordinary beer.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Deep cola coloring with a 3/4 inch off white head. The head recedes leaving a modest ring and lots of lacing.
S-Lots of chocolate and dark fruits that you would expect with a dopplebock.
T- All of the dopplebock elements are here. Dark fruit and maybe a bit more chocolate than some of the others I've had in the past.
F-Just enough carbonation to keep it from being full. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth leaving the chocolate to linger on your palate.
O-This is another good imported doppelbock. It differs from some of the others that the chocolate is the dominant flavor rather than the dark fruits.

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Photo of twosheds
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a light tan head

Has a slightly sour smell of dark bread and dried fruit

Taste is similar to smell with more sweetness. A definite caramel overtone with some molasses. The malt flavor becomes more evident as you continue to drink it.

Based on the score, I was expecting something a little better, but it is still very good

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Photo of zeledonia
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been wanting to try this for ages, since the days when it was an unobtainable Europe-only treasure. Picked up at a local bottle shop. Tasted 27 May 2015 and 11 August 2015.

Pours a very deep reddish brown, clear with the light behind it, but opaque brown under normal lighting. Half a finger of off-white head, good retention, okay lacing. But that color... More impressed with the head and lacing on the second go-round. Good-looking beer!

Smell is fantastic, once it warms up enough to release. Rich, sweet, bready, complex. Dark fruits, figgy goodness. Brown sugar. Fullness underneath that. Yum-town.

Taste is nearly as good, but thinner, less complex, and less sweet. Also quite bready, rather rich. A little grape-y. Tasty. And once again, I'm liking it even better on my second tasting.

Feel is stellar, though it declines as it warms up, crossing paths with the improving smell and taste. Medium-bodied with a delightful low fuzz of carbonation, the perfect amount of vibrancy for this weighty beer.

This is a darn tasty doppelbock. It got much better as it warmed up, and the sweet delicacies started to come out. Holds its own with the rest I've had. Yummy stuff, and I'm very happy it's now (somewhat) readily available.

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Photo of Zonk
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany color, with tan head. Dark dried fruits (fig, raisin, prune) on the nose with a hint of chocolate. Rich caramel flavors along with some chocolate. Rich mouthfeel. Really excellent brew. great for a fall day outside.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at German restaurant in Philly. Pours brown fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of plums, caramel malt and hint of coffee. Body is full, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt, plums, brown sugar and some herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-sweet. Sweet but tasty brew.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with a one finger head that does not linger long. The first thing I noticed was the incredible aroma that was given off as the head died down. Lots of dark fruit including plum and raisin, and a hefty malt backbone. The taste is more of the same. A truly extraordinary example of a doppelbock. It doesn't get much better than this in the style. I will definitely pick up another one.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear garnet, one finger of creamy tan head drops off quickly

Faint aroma the cool, mostly toffee, grape and malt

Big caramel, toffee and bready notes, backed up with brandy, fig, earth, tobacco. Just excellent example of what decoction mash caramelization can do

Mouth feel is full and lush. fairly low carbonation bite

Sadly, I had never heard of Klosterbrauerei Andechs when I was stationed in Germany in my youth.... every one of their beers I've tried are clean and masterfully malted. This one comes in with all the big flavor notes you want in a doppel, without any off flavors. Just amazing.

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Photo of frozyn
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a reddish tint, perhaps even a dark ruby color. Light tan head froths up, fairly thick, but dissipates quickly and leaves zero lacing behind. The aroma isn't very strong, but presents slightly nutty, very slight fruit notes, and strong malts. First sip flavor is raisiny, lots of malt, with some very minute floral/herby hops that disappear as the beer warms. With warmth, caramel and plum sweetness, as well as strong sometimes chocolatey, sometimes toasty malt, predominate. The sweetness is a bit much at first, probably thanks to the syrupy quality it has, but that evens out as well as the feel turns to a velvety texture.

A great sipping beer and something I would reach for after dinner if I had a serious sweet tooth going on.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding doppelbock. Pours a gorgeous dark ruby color with two fingers of light tan, smooth head which slowly dissipates while leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is of nutty malt and dark fruit, although not terribly strong. Taste is rich and complex, heavy on hazelnuts, raisins, and a light bitterness and herbal flavor from the hops. Delicious. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than average (to be expected at 7.1%) but very smooth, pretty true to style. Overall this is a world class doppelbock, a little lighter than most but extremely rich and flavorful.

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Photo of Saviour
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby coloured with a small creamy head. Smell is not strong but with a pleasant touch of caramel, chocolate and raisins. Not too sweet, well balanced, full-bodied classic doppelbock.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was given this beer up at the Cloverleaf for passing the 2/3 mark on my first PhD and finally got around to it tonight. I never had this before and it had been a long time since I had a Doppelbock but this was a textbook example of the style that was quite potent but also deep in flavor and highly enjoyable once it fully warmed up and grew on me!

Good pour to this as the beer had a dark mahogany hue and bubbly tan head that quickly settled like soda. Plum and dark cherry in the nose with a nice caramel malt backbone in the taste to reinforce those. Syrupy, slick, and deep, the booze added a nice warming effect to this while subtle candied sugar and basic chocolate lent themselves to the sweetness of this beer. A moderate amount of sediment could be seen floating around here and there wasn't any lacing to be seen but when you have something that smells and tastes this alluring, there's no need for bubbles left on the side of a pint glass.

The booze wasn't strong here but it made itself known and enhanced this beer as it should it anything from this neck of the world. Belgian in style, the reviewer below me was correct in stating that this was like bread pudding. The softness made me think of banana bread however and this would pair great with either of those dessert delicacies. With a velvety mouthfeel and aftertaste the let the dark fruits quietly build up my palate, this was one beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Beautifully sinful while remaining true to form, this was one Dopplebock that may be the standard against which others are measured by.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A rare opportunity to use my de Garde dimpled mug.

Pours cola colored with minimal head, quickly fading to just a few bubbles on the surface. Aroma is quite faint. Lightly sweet, with notes of toffee, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Just light touches of dark, dried fruit. Light body and moderately high carbonation combine for high drinkability.

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Photo of slusk
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark mahogany with a dense, creamy pale tan head. Flavors and aroma are spot on for a doppelbock. Beautifully malty with notes of dark fruit, plum and raisin, and chocolate. A full body, not overly sweet brew that finishes clean. Not a heavy beer at all. Will be drinking a lot of this.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with one finger tan head and minimal lace. Aroma is nutty, toffee, woody and bread like. Beer is medium bodied and smooth and even creamy at times thanks to hints of wood but really a sticky malt concoction of toffee (possible other dark fruits), caramel, and finish of chocolate bread (somewhat like an unfrosted brownie). Well balanced and not too sweet and dry finish complements this beer.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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